5th Dec, 2016

Drug dealer jailed after £5,000 worth of stock discovered in Coventry home

Shaun Reynolds 29th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A DRUG DEALER with ‘an established little business’ had a stock of more than £5,000 worth of amphetamine and cannabis at his Coventry home.

Piotr Margiel, aged 36, was jailed for two years and one month after pleading guilty to possessing amphetamine and cannabis with intent to supply them and possessing two class C drugs.

Furthermore, Mr Margiel failed to turn up for hearings at Warwick Crown Court on two occasions.

Prosecutor Simon Phillips said that in December 2014, the police stopped Margiel for speeding and found two bags of cannabis and five amphetamine tablets when searched after suspicion that he was under the influence of drink or drugs.

Officers then searched Margiel’s Newland Road home where they found four jars of cannabis, weighing a total of 94 grams – and worth a street value of £940.

They also found four amounts of amphetamine weighing 315 grams and 105 amphetamine tablets – worth a total of £4,500.

There were also 61 tablets of methandinone, a class C steroid, two sets of digital scales and a set of drug scales.

Margiel, who made no comment when he was interviewed, had been arrested on a warrant in February after failing to turn up for an earlier hearing.

Despite that, he was granted bail when the case was then adjourned for a pre-sentence report – which he again failed to turn up to be sentenced, and another warrant was issued.

Margiel explained that after entering pleas in February, he travelled to Poland to see his family, intending to return at the end of the month, only for his car to break down, leaving him stuck in Amsterdam.

Judge Andrew Lockhart, who had already described Margiel as a ‘significant dealer’ said: “You have not behaved well in the course of these proceedings, and twice you’ve had to be arrested on warrant.

“At your home the police found clear evidence that you were an established street dealer in class B drugs, and had been engaged in that activity for quite some time.

“You were a street dealer with an established stock-in-trade and an established little business.

“Plainly this was significant street dealing, in the light of there being several types of drugs and a considerable stock-in-trade, and you were plainly cutting drugs of higher purity to sell.”